Research suggests that breastfeeding has several benefits for both the mother and the baby. Breastfeeding is not only a time to feed the baby, but a time to bond on a deeper level. Babies can benefit from the early skin-to-skin contact both physically and emotionally. There are many factors to consider when deciding to breastfeed or to use a formula for a new baby.
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. “Breast milk has natural proteins, vitamins, fats, and carbohydrates that are crucial for the baby’s growth and health,” (americanpregnancy.org). Breastfeeding for the first six months allows the baby to receive all valuable nutrients. Breastfeeding for a year helps boost the immune system and avoid possible illnesses.
Occasionally, babies that nurse will show signs of sensitivity towards breast milk. Various signs and symptoms may include: “hives, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, or irritability. It may be confused with colic, gas or other common issues babies face,” (foodallergy.org). If concerns arise with your baby’s health, you should see a doctor who can properly diagnose the situation at hand.
You will want to find a position to nurse that is both comfortable to you and your baby. Having your baby close to you will prevent tugging and soreness. Nursing should be done every two to three hours throughout a 24-hour period for the first four to six weeks. (Breastfeeding And Your Baby). Talk with your doctor to ensure your baby is receiving the best care.
The Formula Way
Bottle-feeding is a great option as it allows your baby to receive either breast milk or formula-there is no need to decide on one specific feeding method! Whether you choose to formula-fed for health or personal reasons, make sure you choose a formula that has iron. Iron helps oxygen travel to muscles and organs. Oxygen allows for proper brain growth.
Breastfeeding Tips to Help You
The Earn While You Learn program helps parents in the first two years of their child’s life. Men and women can learn in-depth information on various topics. Topics most beneficial to parents wanting to know more about breastfeeding include: Breastfeeding Goals and Benefits, Breastfeeding Techniques, Growth Spurts and Essentials, Getting Enough Milk, and Infant Nutrition.
Through the Earn While You Learn Program and our No Strings Attached program, you are also able to receive formula, bottles and other baby essential items that you may need. Schedule an appointment at optionsforwomenrf.com/appointment/ or call us at (715) 425-8539 to learn more. We hope these breastfeeding tips and tricks were helpful!